The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014: The Best Stories of the Year

The O. Henry Prize tales 2014 gathers twenty of the simplest brief tales of the 12 months, chosen from hundreds of thousands released in literary magazines. The successful tales roam the area, from Nigeria to Venice, from an erupting volcano in Iceland to a brothel within the previous Wild West. They function a stunning array of characters: a tender American falling in love in Japan, a woman raised through snake-handling fundamentalists, an outdated guy mourning his overdue spouse, and a fierce safeguard puppy with a expertise for break out. Accompanying the tales are the editor’s creation, essays from the eminent jurors on their favourite tales, observations from the successful writers on what encouraged them, and an in depth source checklist of magazines.

Mark Haddon, “The Gun,” Granta
Stephen Dixon, “Talk,” The American Reader
Tessa Hadley, “Valentine,” The New Yorker
Olivia Clare, “Pétur,” Ecotone
David Bradley, “You be mindful The Pin Mill,” Narrative
Kirstin Valdez Quade, “Nemecia,” Narrativemagazine.com
Dylan Landis, “Trust,” Tin House
Allison Alsup, “Old Houses,” New Orleans Review
Halina Duraj, “Fatherland,” Harvard Review
Chanelle Benz, “West of the Known,” The American Reader
William Trevor, “The Women,” The New Yorker
Colleen Morrissey, “Good Faith,” The Cincinnati Review
Robert Anthony Siegel, “The correct Imaginary Person,” Tin House
Louise Erdrich, “Nero,” The New Yorker
Rebecca Hirsch Garcia, “A Golden Light,” Threepenny Review
Chinelo Okparanta, “Fairness,” Subtropics
Kristen Iskandrian, “The Inheritors,” Tin House
Michael Parker, “Deep Eddy,” Southwest Review
Maura Stanton, “Oh Shenandoah,” New England Review
Laura van den Berg, “Opa-Locka,” The Southern Review

The Jurors on Their Favorites: Tash Aw, James Lasdun, Joan Silber
The Writers on Their Work
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She is going down the corridor back, cape flapping at the back of her; she salvages a grocery bag from less than the sink, unclips the receiver from the hallway wall mobile and drops that during first. Then she drops within the letters, the cuttings, the photographs, and the journals that she has piled at the bureau. The door lock, miraculously, calls for a key on both sides. She and Tina can really lock those humans in. “Who’s the girl within the picture? ” calls for Rainey. Estelle, crying, simply shakes her head. “Take my watch,” the boyfriend tells Tina. “Leave her papers and take my watch. You’ll get fifty funds for it, I swear. ” “Thanks,” says Tina, as though startled by way of his generosity. She makes him supply it to Estelle, who holds it out, shrinking from the gun. “The papers? ” he says. yet Tina’s admiring the watch in speedy glances, and Rainey’s misplaced in a imaginative and prescient. She sees a tapestry made up of scraps of handwriting and snippets of photographs, tiny telegrams from the center: patches of letters, strips of confessions, grainy faces of people that have, in a single method or one other, possibly like her mom, break up. She’ll stitch buttons on the intersections, layer in a few lace. In Rainey’s palms, such issues will reassemble themselves into styles as complicated as snowflakes. she is going to commence the tapestry this night, in her red room. What may Estelle do with this ephemera besides, in addition to preserve it closeted away? “You have Paul’s watch,” whispers Estelle. “Can i've got my papers? ” “Oh, it’s Paul? ” Rainey seems on the boyfriend. “I don’t have Paul’s watch. ” She swirls the cape and turns theatrically to Tina, who seems smooth within the leather-based jacket. “You have the watch, correct? ” Rainey sighs dramatically and runs her palms down the curves of her physique, looking at Paul, who appears to be like again at her with the directness of somebody who respects the gun an excessive amount of to maneuver yet isn't really precisely afraid. This intrigues Rainey vastly. “I idea Paul would favor me higher, yet she obtained the watch, so it seems that now not. ” She’s simply enjoying, however it turns out to her that Tina seems at her sharply. “Listen,” she says to Tina, “let’s move. I’m nice. i've got each factor i want. ” She is stunned to determine harm flash throughout Tina’s eyes. “You’re nice? ” says Tina. “Why are you excellent? What’ve you were given that you just want? ” Paul sits ahead with curiosity. “Shut up,” says Tina, although he hasn’t stated whatever. “Don’t,” says Rainey. She is retaining her grocery bag with one arm and has her left hand at the doorknob. “I stated i feel you. Let’s move. ” yet Tina is still plastered to the fireplace. “What’ve you were given that you just desire? ” says Tina. whilst Rainey doesn’t resolution, she says, “What? You’ve obtained an albino freak who—” She stops, potentially simply because Rainey is staring her down, almost certainly out of restraint. “An albino freak who what? ” says Paul. Rainey seems at Tina, flaming opposed to the amethyst partitions, radiant in her misery. She feels the gaze of Paul upon her, and she or he flushes. “I have every thing i want from this apartment,” she says, as though speaking to an individual from land. “Oh. ” Tina visibly relaxes, as though hot water have been being poured via her.

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